Size Comparison of Top Stamping Plates

I love using stamping plates for nail designs… but there’s a lot of brands out there to choose from.  When I’m on the market for a new plate my main question is how big are their designs? It’s hard to locate sizing information online since most product descriptions do not include dimensions.  So I’ve put together a nice little comparison of four top brands: Konad, Cheeky, Bundle Monster and Mash!stamping_plates_comparison

My nails are relatively long so I’m always looking for plates with long designs.  Some of you may have wide nails and the width of each stamp may be important to you.  So I’ve included the dimensions (in millimeters) on each photo below.   All dimensions are listed as width times length (W x L).  Keep in mind that brands may change their plates over time so I’ve included the specific plate names/model numbers for your reference.  Let’s get to the comparison!

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KONAD↑ To my surprise, Konad has the smallest designs of all four plates- both in width and length!  These stamps generally cover most of my other nails if I position them carefully, but you can see it doesn’t cover much of my thumb!  Something else I noticed about Konad is that their sizing may not be consistent.   Although most of them are sized like the one in my photo, one my other plates has a full-nail design that’s even shorter than this one.  Konad was the first brand of stamping products I used when I first started getting into nail art, but now that I line them up and compare- Konad doesn’t really impress me!

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CHEEKY ↑  Cheeky plates have big designs!   Something to note is that they are shaped with a curve on one end for french manicures or halfmoons.  If you use it for a halfmoon then you’d be able to take advantage of more of its length, which is 20mm.  That’s really long!  But if you want to use it as a full-nail stamp then you’d only have 17mm of length to work with.  But still, that’s really good!  (The photo above was used as a full-nail stamp and it almost covered the length of my thumb.)  I also want to note that Cheeky plates have wider designs than the other three brands.  I heard they make jumbo-sized plates too, but I don’t own any of them.

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BUNDLE MONSTER ↑ Bundle Monster designs are relatively big.  They’re larger than Konad but a tad smaller than Cheeky.  I have however seen BM plates that have smaller designs than this one.  So this brand may not be consistent with sizing either.  Also, I think that perhaps the BM plates aren’t etched very deeply?  Because the stamp in this photo came out kind of faint.  I dunno- they’re not my fave.

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MASH ↑ Mash plates are relatively small.  They’re only one step up from Konad.  This was my first time using a Mash plate and it works ok, not much to say here really!

MY PICK: My top pick is Cheeky!  I do have a bit more cleanup when I use Cheeky plates since their designs are wide, but I like their length.  And it’s cool that they give you the flexibility for frenchies or halfmoons!  I haven’t tried them that way yet since I’m afraid they’ll come out crooked,  but it’s nice to have that option!  Also, the whole metal plate itself is larger than the other three brands.  You can see in my first photo that the Cheeky plate looks giant next to the other ones!  This Cheeky plate was part of a summer 2012 collection, but I hope all of their plates are this big.  When it comes to stamping, bigger is always better, don’t you think?

So what do you think of this comparison and was it helpful for you?  What’s your experience with stamping?

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27 Comments on Size Comparison of Top Stamping Plates

  1. Kimberly
    August 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm (1 year ago)

    Great post! I have short fat nails (like my body LOL) so looks like I need to get more Konad. Saves me money!

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    • Craftynail
      August 18, 2013 at 7:33 pm (1 year ago)

      Cool glad this helped!

      Reply
  2. inthegrayareas
    August 18, 2013 at 6:55 pm (1 year ago)

    I’ve noticed that the Bundle Monster designs come in two widths, with no rhyme or reason as to why one series is wide and another isn’t. It is a bit irksome.

    Great idea for a post!

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    • Craftynail
      August 18, 2013 at 7:34 pm (1 year ago)

      What’s up with that? I like to know what I’m gonna get beforehand!

      Reply
  3. drydammit
    August 18, 2013 at 9:17 pm (1 year ago)

    This is a great post! I really want to try the Cheeky plates now; where can they be bought from?

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    • Craftynail
      August 18, 2013 at 10:40 pm (1 year ago)

      I bought mine on amazon…but it looks like the Cheeky website may ship internationally since they say shipments can take 35 days. Lol
      Their page is http://www.cheeky-beauty.com

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      • drydammit
        August 19, 2013 at 4:37 am (1 year ago)

        Thank you! I will check it out.

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  4. Polished PR
    August 18, 2013 at 11:07 pm (1 year ago)

    You are my hero for putting together this post! <3 I've been using the same set of Shany stamping plates for awhile and have realized along the way that the designs are just too small for my thumb nails :( I've never heard of Cheeky until now, I'm definitely going to secure myself some plates!

    Thanks again! :)

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    • Craftynail
      August 19, 2013 at 6:30 am (1 year ago)

      I wish i had Shany to compare too! There are alot of brands out there! I haven’t tried winstonia yet either

      Reply
  5. lanerbell
    August 18, 2013 at 11:18 pm (1 year ago)

    I love this comparison! I just got my first stamping set, so I really needed to know this. Thank you!

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    • Craftynail
      August 19, 2013 at 6:31 am (1 year ago)

      Great! What kind of set did you get?

      Reply
  6. Lisa N.
    August 19, 2013 at 12:02 am (1 year ago)

    Great post comparing them! I only own plates from Bundle Monster but I plan to branch out and try other brands too :)

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    • Craftynail
      August 19, 2013 at 6:32 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks… glad you liked it!

      Reply
  7. Squeaky Q
    August 19, 2013 at 4:19 am (1 year ago)

    Great post! This is always something I want to find out before purcasing plates, but not every website lists the sizes :/
    I have the Cheeky Princess set, and those are a lot smaller than the summer collection sadly

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    • Craftynail
      August 20, 2013 at 1:04 am (1 year ago)

      Hmm i’m going to have to google that princess set!

      Reply
  8. Viv (nailart-addict)
    August 19, 2013 at 7:11 am (1 year ago)

    great post! I own mostly BM, Konad and essence plates. Most of the time I prefer the BM plates, the Konad designs are indeed smaller. I do not have any engraving issues. Sometimes especcially with the imation plates it can be helpfull to scrape of the polish in a different angle.

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      • Craftynail
        August 20, 2013 at 1:05 am (1 year ago)

        Fauxnads??? That’s such a cute word!!!

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  9. Kairi
    August 19, 2013 at 7:59 am (1 year ago)

    Great idea for a post and I’m glad you did this. I was thinking of going for Konad but now it’s a definite no for me (my nails aren’t very long yet, but since the plate is long – it’s 21mm of surface to cover at least in length). I have some random plates atm, I just checked and most have the same size as Konad and then there’re some supersized designs :P

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    • Craftynail
      August 20, 2013 at 1:07 am (1 year ago)

      They should all just be supersized dontcha think??

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      • Kairi
        August 20, 2013 at 10:28 am (1 year ago)

        Yup, that would be awesome :D

        Reply
  10. Kitsu
    August 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm (1 year ago)

    This is super helpful, thank you! And I agree that some BM plates aren’t etched deeply enough :(

    Reply
    • Craftynail
      August 20, 2013 at 1:07 am (1 year ago)

      Hey Kitsu! Glad you likey, thanks :)

      Reply
  11. The Nailinator
    August 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm (1 year ago)

    Oooh! Great post! I wonder how the pueen plates size up? I just ordered them last week for my sister to bring to me. :)

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    • Craftynail
      August 21, 2013 at 12:23 pm (1 year ago)

      I keep hearing about them but I’ve never tried! Love the name though. Puuueeeeeennn!! I hope they are nice n long for ya!

      Reply
  12. Nail Polish Society
    September 7, 2013 at 12:20 am (12 months ago)

    Seriously though, why don’t they all make them bigger??! This is a great post, thank you! I just got a DRK-A Large Stamping Plate in the mail today from Ninjapolish.com that I’m going to try tonight. They measure 18×21. I hope they turn out!

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